Travel Vaccinations for Colombia
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Colombia.
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£60|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£42|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£52|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Epaxyl, Single Dose||£85|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£85|
|Yellow Fever||Yes||Mosquitoes||Yellow Fever, Stamaril, Dingle Dose||£75|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three||£65|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
Risk of Malaria in Colombia
Malaria is a viral illness spread by Mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Colombia
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP) before they are allowed to enter Colombia.
Further Travel Health Advice For Colombia
Colombia is a truly joyful land, rich with startlingly beautiful landscapes, overflowing with flora and fauna, and replete with historic sites, and unforgettable cities, set against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.
Travel to Colombia’s Pacific coast to view humpback whales. And, a visit to the capital, Bogotà, is a must. This huge, modern city bristles with excitement. Everything from music festivals, theatre festivals , gourmet dining and so much more awaits in Bogotà. Visit Cartageña’s beautiful beaches and resorts, enough to cater to every taste.
Heat and Humidity
Colombia has a tropical climate, and temperatures generally run in the 30’s. Whether you visit the Amazon rainforest, with hot and humid weather, or the Caribbean or Pacific coasts, you will find high heat and humidity. Dress as you would for any Caribbean vacation, and wear light, loose clothing. Try to keep yourself well hydrated and safe from the sun, by wearing a sun block cream with an SPF of no less than 20.
As with most destinations overseas, it is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit. Even in cases where the local water is said to be safe, your system would not be able to adapt to a sudden change in your normal water intake.
Food and Drink
The cuisine in Colombia is a delight. Choices are endless, and restaurants use high quality ingredients, which are prepared in the most appetizing ways. On the Caribbean coast, at Cartageña, you will find a rainbow of seafood dishes to tempt any palate. Ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are plentiful and Colombian cuisine reflects its Spanish, Caribbean and Latin heritage. The National dish is Bandeja paisa, which combines grilled steak and fried pork rind with red beans, rice, chorizo, and a fried egg. And what to drink? Remember that in Columbia, coffee is king.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
The health care system in Colombia is not dependable, and it is recommended that in case you require treatment, you use only private clinics. Generally, health care services are good, in cities. But the level of care can vary, so it is important to check before travelling to other regions, particularly if you are going into the Amazon jungle, for example. . Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.
Take the normal precautions when travelling throughout Colombia, however, this country is noted for its friendliness and citizens are helpful.